Kittiwake over ice. Svalbard 2023

The black-legged kittiwake (Rissa tridactyla) is a frequent sight in Arctic and Sub-Arctic regions.  A member of the gull family, this individual was photographed from the deck of a small ship in the Svalbard Archipelago.  These birds would often follow behind the ship waiting for small marine life to be stirred up in the ship’s wake.

I decided to process this image as a black and white with a subtle sepia toning.    I particularly like the arc of water droplets that are left trailing behind the bird as it takes off from the water’s surface.